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Geology beneath the waves: developing maps and models of the sea floor

A special webinar focusing on our cutting-edge sea floor mapping research and an exciting new project exploring the deepest reaches of the world's oceans. A recording is now available.

Event on 23/11/2023
Geology beneath the waves lecture

Over 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface lies beneath the waves of our seas and oceans. Most of this hidden world remains uncharted; however, scientific research, offshore development, conservation and marine management are all driving an increasing demand for offshore environmental data. This special webinar focuses on some of the cutting-edge geological sea floor mapping and modelling research that is currently being undertaken at BGS, which is both generating and using these state-of-the-art datasets.

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The recording of the webinar is now available to watch online.

The webinar covers three areas of our current marine geoscience research:

  • a new generation of geological mapping for the UK continental shelf and nearshore areas, highlighting key drivers for the mapping and the science that underpins it
  • enhancing our understanding of sea-floor geology and developing ‘ground models’ of the shallow subsurface, providing vital support to the rapidly growing offshore renewable industry
  • working with global partners on an exciting new research programme, exploring seascapes in the deepest reaches of the world’s oceans

The webinar concludes with a Q&A session, with BGS geoscientists answering questions from attendees

BGS Strategy 2023 to 2028: Understanding our Earth

Humanity faces major global challenges that require recurrent and serious consideration by decision makers. BGS have developed a programme of science to meet societal needs, with a focus on four strategic priorities:

  • producing maps and models for the 21st century
  • supporting a more secure energy transition
  • improving water security
  • living with geological hazards

Through public engagement, we aim to inspire the wider community and inform societal debate and decisions on geological solutions to global challenges.

For more information please read our full strategy.

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